Saturday, 3 July 2010
Catch my meaning?
Do you ever read a book and either miss the true meaning of it all together or are you convinced that there is a hidden meaning but you just aren’t sure what it is? Are you good at picking up symbolism in books or did you have to study it in school in order to truly ‘get it’?
Catcher In The Rye is a good example. When reading it I ‘got’ that Holden was scared of growing up and that he deliberately pushed people away when they were in danger of getting close but when I looked on spark notes after I had read it there was a whole heap of stuff I missed. Who knew there was significance when he wore his red hunting hat or why Holden inquired where the ducks went during winter time? Not me.
I have watched Animal Farm on TV thinking it was just some weird story about some mean animals and read the Narnia books innocently without picking up any Christian meaning.
Did I know that each of the main boys in the book ‘Lord Of The Flies’ were meant to represent different parts in the nature of man? Er no but that might be because I was so busy being bored to tears by that particular book.
But I also have to ask, would knowing any of this enhanced my reading experience of these books? The answer is probably yes or at the very least I would have more respect for the authors. But in order to know all this before hand I would have to look up the entire plot which would have certainly taken away my reading enjoyment. It’s quite hard I would imagine to really immerse yourself in a book when you’re looking up spark notes along the way.
This month I have Alice in Wonderland to read which I have heard contains all kinds of hidden stuff. But its also fun to look afterwards and see which bits I managed to pick up and which bits went so far over my head they may as well be in orbit.
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